Prep work on beach replenishment project begins
California-based government contractors with the Dutra Group began mobilizing — laying down pipes and preparing an area where piping plovers nest — Monday as part of the U.S. Army Corps’ $47.9 million beach replenishment project at Smith Point County Park in Shirley.
Under the Army Corps’ plan, 2.5 million cubic yards of sand will be placed at varying heights between 13 and 15 feet high along Smith Point’s roughly five-mile coastline. The sand placement will include graduated sloping, a design consistent with the habitat of the piping plover, and Burma Road, a roadway leading to Moriches Inlet that is used by recreational beach drivers as well as county workers conducting maintenance of the jetty, will remain intact once the dunes are restored.
“The contractor is beginning to mobilize, so we are hoping to be pumping sand shortly,” said Army Corps spokesman Ken Wells Monday afternoon. “Right now, we are looking to finish construction in winter 2015.” The work is estimated to begin Dec. 17.